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We all witness, in advertising and on supermarket shelves, the fierce competition for our food dollars. In this engrossing exposé, Marion Nestle goes behind the scenes to reveal how the competition really works and how it affects our health. The abundance of food in the United States--enough calories to meet the needs of every man, woman, and child twice over--has a downside. Our overefficient food industry must do everything possible to persuade people to eat more--more food, more often, and in larger portions--no matter what it does to waistlines or well-being.

Like manufacturing cigarettes or building weapons, making food is very big business. Food companies in 2000 generated nearly $900 billion in sales. They have stakeholders to please, shareholders to satisfy, and government regulations to deal with. It is nevertheless shocking to learn precisely how food companies lobby officials, co-opt experts, and expand sales by marketing to children, members of minority groups, and people in developing countries. We learn that the food industry plays politics as well as or better than other industries, not least because so much of its activity takes place outside the public view.

Editor of the 1988 Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health, Nestle is uniquely qualified to lead us through the maze of food industry interests and influences. She vividly illustrates food politics in action: watered-down government dietary advice, schools pushing soft drinks, diet supplements promoted as if they were First Amendment rights. When it comes to the mass production and consumption of food, strategic decisions are driven by economics--not science, not common sense, and certainly not health.

No wonder most of us are thoroughly confused about what to eat to stay healthy. An accessible and balanced account, Food Politics will forever change the way we respond to food industry marketing practices. By explaining how much the food industry influences government nutrition policies and how cleverly it links its interests to those of nutrition experts, this pathbreaking book helps us understand more clearly than ever before what we eat and why.

Synopsis:

"A courageous and masterful exposé."--Julia Child

"If you eat, you should read this book."--Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

Synopsis:

An accessible and balanced account, Food Politics laid the groundwork for today's food revolution and changed the way we respond to food industry marketing practices. Now, a new introduction and concluding chapter bring us up to date on the key events in that movement. This pathbreaking, prize-winning book helps us understand more clearly than ever before what we eat and why.

About the Author

Marion Nestle is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. Author of Nutrition in Clinical Practice (1985), she has served as a nutrition policy advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services and as a member of nutrition and science advisory committees to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. She is the author of Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (California, 2003).

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: The Food Industry and "Eat More"

PART ONE

Undermining Dietary Advice

1. From "Eat More" to "Eat Less," 1900-1990

2. Politics versus Science: Opposing the Food Pyramid, 1991-1992

3. "Deconstructing" Dietary Advice

PART TWO

Working the System

4. Influencing Government: Food Lobbies and Lobbyists

5. Co-opting Nutrition Professionals

6. Winning Friends, Disarming Critics

7. Playing Hardball: Legal and Not

PART THREE

Exploiting Kids,

Corrupting Schools

8. Starting Early: Underage Consumers

9. Pushing Soft Drinks: "Pouring Rights"

PART FOUR

Deregulating Dietary Supplements

10. Science versus Supplements: "A Gulf of Mutual

Incomprehension"

11. Making Health Claims Legal: The Supplement Industry's

War with the FDA

12. Deregulation and Its Consequences

PART FIVE

Inventing Techno-Foods

13. Go Forth and Fortify

14. Beyond Fortification: Making Foods Functional

15. Selling the Ultimate Techno-Food: Olestra

Conclusion: The Politics of Food Choice

Appendix: Issues in Nutrition and Nutrition Research

Notes

List of Tables

List of Figures

Index

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tamara, January 6, 2007 (view all comments by tamara)
The food industry spends billons on lobbing for their place on the food pyramid and our table. They also spend billions on marketing, as a result consumers spend billons at the check out counter. Marion Nestle has first hand knowledge of this food political game. She has opened my eyes to the food industries propaganda. I recommend this book, if you aren?t interested in the food aspect of it, read it just to learn the political aspect.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520240674
Subtitle:
How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
Author:
Nestle, Marion
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Food industry and trade
Subject:
Nutrition policy
Subject:
Industries - Agribusiness
Subject:
Government & Business
Subject:
Health Policy
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Ethnic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
California Studies in Food and Culture
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
20030930
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 22 oz

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"If you eat, you should read this book."--Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation

"Synopsis" by , An accessible and balanced account, Food Politics laid the groundwork for today's food revolution and changed the way we respond to food industry marketing practices. Now, a new introduction and concluding chapter bring us up to date on the key events in that movement. This pathbreaking, prize-winning book helps us understand more clearly than ever before what we eat and why.
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